Why Tip the Waiter?

Written by Super User. Posted in Chatting in the Service Station

This post was not written by me, rather I found it on the net and thought it was great and needed to be shared:


As to the perception that a given customer only gets "a few minutes" of our time.

Before you arrived we rolled your silverware.  Before you arrived we set your table.

We brewed your tea/coffee, sliced your lemons Set up whatever "complimentary" foodstuffs our restaurant offers, etc.


When you arrived we greeted you. Brought you drinks, rolls, chips, relish, tortillas, biscuits, scones, creamer, a few more napkins, the fresh salsa not the 15 min. old crap, and strawberry preserves, not just grape jelly.

We took your entire party's order, easy if it's off the menu, harder if it begins with "All I really want is...." and we convert it from what makes perfect sense to you into something our cook will be able to glance at prioritize and properly prepare, even if what you want never thought of being on a menu.

We get your third refill, and of course there's no problem with bringing more biscuits.

We bring your food. Find out what you really wanted, which may look remarkably like whatever your friend, or the table next to you ordered.

We return with your new order (our fault entirely, happens all the time, evil menus)

Refill.  Bring dessert.

Accept your payment, making change from our own money and taking the financial risk on ourselves that you'll skip.

All while dodging your kid, waiting for you to interrupt your cell phone call to talk to us, and paying a percentage of your bill out to hostesses, busboys, bartenders and food runners whether we get tipped or not so that management doesn't have to pay minimum wage to any of them.

And we get to do it for four + tables at once.

And we get to clean up afterwards!!! Wheee!!!! 

Assuming you’re going tip at all (and the IRS assumes you are, also, so they just go ahead and tax me on the amount of your check whether you do or don’t

Yeah I guess 10% sounds more than adequate.

P.S. If we all got better jobs, no one would be there to wait on your crabby ass, and if you wanted to get it your own damn self you'd be having a hungry-man (tm) right now.

"Thank y'all for coming in! You have a great evening!"



-1 #8 Melody 2013-01-22 18:19
I dont like to tip because i feel like they dont deserve the money. Every job is hard work. i work in a different field a horrible field called retail. We work our butts off for accomodating customers and keeping the store in order, taging, sensoring, cleaning, not to mention the weird little things that most dont notice but have to be done like that every hook has to be in hung on the right hand side so the hanger is in the shape of a question mark. Or shoe laces have to be tide a certain way. yeah its insane but we dont get tips for helping a customer out. The reason why a waiter gets tips is because there minimum wage is smaller. They get tips to compensate, kinda like commision. I know people who are waiters and they say its not that bad of a job. so either way i leave like a dollar or two just to not be a jerk. But i could easily get the food myself and sit down and eat id be more then happy to and id be happy knowing no overworked, underpaid, angry, waiter spits in my food. Just saying
-2 #7 Donno 2013-01-22 18:17
What is the issue? Tips are not guaranteed, they are discretionary and to be paid only when the service is so good that you want to reward the waiter. This sense of entitlement to a ten percent gratuity is ridiculous.

You don’t tip the person selling you shoes, so why should you with food?

The cost of waiting staff should be borne by the restaurant in the same way as all other businesses build this cost in.
-1 #6 Lucy 2013-01-22 18:16
Yes, they do all that prep work before I get there with my family. That is after all the job they chose. They work for the restaurant, not me. I know, I know how the whole IRS thing is, but if I want to support myself, then I would not go to a place that only pays me 3.00 an hour. They are there because their average an hour goes up to 15-20.00 w tips….so that is the risk they choose. Don’t get me wrong, I am a generous tipper, beyond 15%….for good service. They choose who they want to be good to also… which is so annoying. Most don’t like minorities or overweight customers….so you have rode on the other side…..
0 #5 Drew 2013-01-22 18:14
Really John? Minimum wage for servers, at least in TX, is $2.13 an HOUR. Which is what 85% of restaurants pay their hourly servers. Maybe next time you should research it, because now you just sound like a cheap, ignorant jackass.
-2 #4 Crystal 2013-01-22 18:12
Waiters make less than minimum wage! You should tip!
+1 #3 Jonna 2013-01-22 18:11
Lol, this was a truly funny excerpt. The work that servers have to go through and the things that they experience are undervalued and popularly ignored. Unfortunately for the most part the American public cares only that they get what they want when they want it. Whatever the server goes through means nothing to the average guest and tipping is a last minute thought based upon how little the guest can tip without feeling guilty.
-3 #2 John 2013-01-22 18:10
Stop all your complaining. It’s your job. Why should I tip you for the job which you are being payed to do?
-1 #1 Hezekial 2013-01-22 18:07
Isn’t it the restaurants job to pay their employees? And you can’t play the “feel sorry for me because I’m a waiter” game. There are other jobs that you could get that pay a salary.

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